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****** Information below obsolete as of April 2014, but included here for historical purposes.
Almost without exception when I am setting up a new Ubuntu desktop instance, I will install the Cinnamon to use instead of Unity.
After using Mint Linux with Cinnamon, really enjoyed the traditional layout offered by Cinnamon.
Installation into Ubuntu, or many other distributions is easy:
Here are the commands for reference:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo #nemo is the default file manager for CinnamonThis does not get rid of Ubuntu Unity. If you wish to remove Unity, there are instructions to do that here: